PADDY McLOGAN Irish Volunteer

A word on  my Great-Uncle Paddy McLogan, by Len Costelloe:



I am putting together anything I can find out about my Great-Uncle Paddy McLogan of Lisnagat County Armagh for personal interest and for the use of anyone else who wants to know more about this amazing man.

Here is a VERY brief intro…….

He had a very long career in the Republican movement beginning when he was recruited into the I.R.B in Liverpool by an uncle of his Keil Kerr

[sr] of Bootle.
He fought in the G.P.O. In 1916 as a very young man [under 18 years old] I believe under the supervision of James Connolly.
After the rising,he was sent to Frongoch Internment Camp in Wales,and on his release went to Belfast where he quickly joined up with other I.R.B. members there. He later went to Bray,where he worked as a milkman and fought under Desmond Fitzgerald in the local I.R.A. Battalion.
In 1917 whilw in Mountjoy Jail,he went on Hunger Strike with Thomas Ashe of County Kerry,who subsequently died in the Mater Hospital from the effects of force-feeding.Paddy survived but was to suffer with ill-health for the rest of his life.

Paddy mcLogan IRA


Here is a news clipping of the unveiling of the official National Graves Association headstone on his grave,just shy of a year after his death in July 1964. An interesting snippet about Paddy is that he was Chauffeur to Countess Markiewicz when they returned home after the 1916 rising!

national graves association



I am still gathering info,so I will be sorting it all into chronological order and will keep you all posted if people are interested?


By | 2017-09-13T15:09:06+00:00 October 31st, 2013|Individual Accounts Irish Volunteers 1913-1923|28 Comments


  1. len July 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Next weekend sees the 50th anniversary of the death of Paddy McLogan at his home in Blanchardstown. To mark the date,I have published a small article in this months SAOIRSE newspaper and am working on a Commemoration Ceremony to be held at his graveside.

    I am also working on a commemorative booklet which I hope to have ready in the next couple of weeks.

    I would love to hear what you think of my article and if anyone has knowledge,photos,documents etc that could be helpful to me I would be delighted to hear.

    People like Paddy McLogan,who sacrificied so much on a personal level in the cause of Irish Freedom deserve to have their contribution noted I think,and this work is my small acknowledement of this.

  2. len costello February 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    It’s approaching the 50th Anniversary of the death of Paddy McLogan in July 1964.

    I wonder what people think about a commeration ceremony at his graveside in Mulhuddart?

    Does anyone know how to get in touch with people who might be interested in going but not be internet users?

    I think it wold be very important to mark this anniversary of a man who dedicated his whole life in the pursuit of Irish Freedom!


    • Len Costello March 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      I have set up a new email address for anyone wishing to contact me re paddy McLogan

      Previous email address mentioned earlier is giving trouble

  3. Micheal S February 9, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I am very interested in Paddys story.
    I live here in Portlaoise. The pub is no called Ryans.
    As far as I know the memorial nolonger is on the wall.
    I am told by a friend of mine that it is still around and held safly in storage.
    I would be very keen to see it restored to it rightful place, perhaps organise an event around this etc???

    • len costello February 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Michael, Hi!

      I would love to make contact. If you want,please email me at address below.

      I have been collecting information on Paddy for a couple of years now,and I know a little,but I am always interested to hear more.



      • len costello February 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm


        I sent you an email. Did you get it?


    • Len Costello April 2, 2014 at 8:17 am


      I would love to make contact with you

      My new email is


  4. Monica Dobbyn Watkins February 2, 2014 at 5:11 am

    I have enjoyed reading this. Great to know there was a republican Dobbyn.
    God Bless you all.

    • len costello February 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Welcome Monica.

      The Dobbyn family were from Toome in Antrim and later were in Glasnevin and I think Finglas.

      Are you related to them? If you are,you might like to contact me and I will share with you what I have.


  5. John Mageean December 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Your Great-Uncle is mentioned by Feidhlim S. MacGuill in the Bureau of Military History records, MacGuill was the County Antrim Brigade Intelligence Officer and states that Paddy McLogan suggested the idea of forming a Glens based brigade in 1920. MacGuill’s account is a fascinating read and mentions your great-uncle’s involvement in a raid on Ballycastle RIC barracks in 1920, I hope this is of some help.

    John Mageean

    • Len Costello January 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks John, yes indeed I have that on my Kindle.He is also mentioned in Seamus Dobbyns statement too.

      Had you kin involved in Antrim area by any chance ?

      • John Mageean January 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        Hello again, back after the break, I am originally from Ballymena and have family connections in the Glens, particularly Glenravel and Martinstown. I know that there was considerable support for the republican movement around there and I heard some mention of a great aunt of mine being involved in a train robbery in 1921, I will try and find out more.

        • Len Costello January 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm

          I’d be delighted to hear anything you can find out John.I do know the Dobbyns of Toome were very important in the area,Seamus and Henry.

          Beyond that I unfortunately know very little.

  6. len costello November 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Paddy McLogan owned a pub in Portlaoise from 1926 until 1960. He bought it from the Matthews family and sold it to Phil Lewis. Just over the window can be seen the NGA plaque confirming it as a former residence Of Paddy. The original pub is now demolished and a new one built on site.


    This is the only pic I have of the pub.Perhaps someone knows of others?

  7. len costello November 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I didn’t get to go to this after unfortunately. Looks to have been a brilliant day.

    If anyone wants to contact me about Paddy McLogan I’d be delighted to share what I know and to learn more.

    My email address for this is



  8. vincent keane November 9, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Re; Paddy McLogan


    I recommend that you get a copy of the book, -‘The Secret Army’, by Bower Bell. Paddy got plenty of mention in it. Also, Uinsionn MacEoin’s, ‘The IRA in the Twlight years’. Another book that focuses on the 1960 period is the ‘Lost Revolution’, by Brian Hanley. Paddy lived in Blanchardstown and he had a good friend living out the road in Dunboyne called Jack Guiney. I don’t know if he is still alive, but it is somewhere to look. All Paddy’s old friends, to my knowledge, have departed the scene now. Another man he was close to was the head of the National Graves Association, ‘young’ Sean Fitzpatrick, also RIP. That’s about all that I can remember about Paddy. Hope it has been of help.

    • len costello November 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      I am going to the Commeration in the Rotunda tomorrow, Sat DV. Is anyone who is interested in Paddy McLogan going? Would love to meet you.

  9. Kieran Glennon November 8, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Len, you can email me at

    • len costello November 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Kieran. Have just done so now

  10. Cormac Ó Comhraí November 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Len, my grandfather was Stephen Corry, Garda, if you’re interested in talking to me, you can find me on Facebook.

  11. vincent keane November 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Re; Paddy McLogan.

    Found the first inquiry. I knew Paddy McLogan, but only at a distance. He was a difficult person to get close to, perhaps he had had bad experiences in the past with people.

    When the internees were released in 1959, there was ‘trouble in the camp’. The younger men that had been in the camp were not pleased with the old leadership of the three Macs – McLogan, McCurtain and McGann. The movement was in tatters, both militarily and politically, and new methods were called for. I was not privy to any moves at the time, but the younger men were calling for change, and it eventually came when the three Macs departed. I remember Paddy McLogan dying at his home at Blanchardstown, I think in 1961. I recall him as stern and aloof, but then again I appreciate the fact that he had devoted his whole life to the Republican cause. ‘Ar dheis De go raibh a h-ainm’.

    • len costello November 7, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Hi Vincent.
      Thanks for replying to my query.
      I would love to know more about him,warts-and-all. Anything you could tell me would be of great help.

      • len costello November 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm

        Anyone wants to contact me about Paddy McLogan, here is my email address:



  12. vincent keane November 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Re; Paddy McLogan,

    I cannot locate the initial inquiry about Paddy McLogan. Are we talking about the same man who had been an MP for Armagh (I think) and who lived in Portlaoise and Blanchardstown, until his death c1961? He had been interned at the Curragh in 1957/1959 and then was President of Sinn Fein.

  13. Kieran Glennon October 31, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Len, I’m pretty sure your grand-uncle was O/C Antrim Brigade when my granda, Tom Glennon, was sent from his native Belfast to the county by IRA GHQ in Nov 1920 as a full-time organiser, so they would have worked closely together for the first few months. When your grand-uncle was arrested in the early spring of 1921 (Jan/Feb?), my granda took over as O/C until he, too, was captured in April 1921.

    • len costello November 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Hi Kieran.
      Yes he was O/C Antrim Brigade. I believe it was at that time he met his first wife Mary Kate Dobbyn,herself from a famous Republican family. Unfortunately she died in childbirth in 1923 and his buried with her family in Glasnevin.

      I would love to know more about Paddy,and any help appreciated.

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